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Posted on: Dec 5, 2019 11:29AM

Ndth86 wrote:

I’ve been lingering on this forum for a few months now as I was having issues a few months ago and was told I have duct ectasia. To sum up, I’ve had zapping pains through my left breast for over a year now but I stopped breast feeding over a year ago and I still find dried discharge around my left nipple. I had a mammo in May that showed non concerning micro calcifications in both breasts so they brushed off my pains and sent me on my way. I was okay with all this until last week, the dried discharge is still there and now I have a swollen mass with a painful area above my left breast just below my collarbone. My breast feels really saggy but I’m sure that’s just in my head now. My doctor has been away lately and I don’t want to rush this as I’m sure it’s nothing since I’m only 34 but I’m supposed to call today to make an appointment. Long story short, anyone have anything similar to this? Could it just simply be a swollen lymph node?

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Dec 5, 2019 11:51AM djmammo wrote:

Ndth86bl

Don't blow it off, have a doc look at it.

If it is truly just below the collarbone it would be odd for breast tissue extend up that high and if large enough, lymph nodes are usually felt in that little pocket above the collar bone. Either way an US would be key in deciding what it is if its not obvious on physical exam.

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Dec 5, 2019 11:58AM Ndth86 wrote:

It’s about an inch and bit below my collarbone and more towards my armpit. I’m going this morning to get it checked out. Thanks for your replay!

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Dec 5, 2019 12:10PM djmammo wrote:

Ndth86

Let us know, we are all curious.

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Dec 5, 2019 12:24PM mightlybird01 wrote:

I have had pains below my collar bone from muscle damage/overuse (pectoralis major). These muscle pains can even extend into the breast. Is there a specific "trigger" point you can find below your collar bone that when you press on it the pain is zapping down? If nothing comes up with the breast and the Dr. visit, maybe find a massage therapist or read up on trigger points and myofascial release. I attach a picture of the page in my book, that I found helpful when I had this issue.


Dx 4/12/2019, IDC/IDC: Medullary, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 5/21/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/8/2019 Mastectomy: Right
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Dec 5, 2019 12:29PM Ndth86 wrote:

Oh very interesting!! Yes I found a bubble or lump or something within the swelling that is tender if I push down on it. It’s on my left side which isn’t my dominate side so I don’t know if it’s from overuse, but maybe! All I hope to get out of my appointment today is if the doctor thinks it’s anything of concern, if not I’ll move on!

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